Quite a large number of people want to turn to organic products these days, or food produced from organic farming practices. Partly due to the many illnesses that threaten society these days, people are becoming more self-conscious than ever when it comes to the food they intake.
But everyone here knows it can be difficult to suddenly change our eating habits. When we’re grocery shopping, we’re surrounded by food produced through conventional farming methods. Not only are organic produce expensive, but they are also hard and a bit confusing to find.
Want to know if you’re getting robbed by the grocery store of your hard-earned money? Wanna make sure you’re buying the best food products for your family?
When you’re in a grocery store, head over to the section where it says organic. You should find food there that is all manner of organic—from transitional to 100-percent organic. The different labels may confuse you but we’re here just the same to guide you throughout all the food labels that can get confusing at times.
A sticker with the word organic on them may sometimes be on pieces of fruits and vegetables, as well as on the packages of meat, cartons of milk or eggs, cheese, and other single-ingredient foods. When the term is “organic” alone, this means that the products must have at least 95-percent organic ingredients by weight or fluid volume, excluding water and salt.
Walking down the aisle, you may notice that some products are labeled 100% organic. What does this mean and how different it is from the just “organic” label? This term means it is 100-percent organic. All ingredients used in the production of that food are sourced organically. There are no chemical or synthetic substances that touched this product.
If you find food products labeled with “made with organic ingredients,” this means that the products contain at least 70-percent organic content. Some of the ingredients in the products may be sourced from conventional farming methods but a majority of them, 70 percent to be exact, must be organic.
If you see food labeled as transitional, this means it was produced during the three-year conversion period from conventional farming to organic farming.
Food manufacturers are prohibited from labeling their foods as organic unless they have passed the strict regulations of the USDA. Anyone who knowingly sells or labels a product as organic when they clearly are not can face a civil penalty of up to $10,000.
Foods grown and processed in accordance with the federal standards will bear the seal “USDA Organic.” The use of the label is voluntary so some companies may forego displaying the seal.